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After vacation this family noticed their water bill was very high. Nothing was leaking, and it appeared no one had been in the house. The dog was still outside, and the cat was still inside, so they were stumped as to how so much water had been used. They suspected someone was turning on a tap and running it during the night. Last night they heard water running, grabbed the camcorder to get a movie of the law breaker in action to give to the police. The water thief was caught on tape!
Hey, all you wannabe do-gooders out there. It’s really easy to do something that’ll make you feel good about yourself.
Have you seen those “click here for free and our charitable organization will get some moola” sites? There’s one for curing AIDS, and one for curing breast cancer, and one for ending world hunger and so on. Well, Daily Free Donations has compiled a database of non-profits and charitable organizations that raise money using the “click to donate” mechanism. Every couple of days, the service emails you a link which you can click, and then, with that index finger workout, you’ve made a difference to somebody out there working their ass off for a cause but with no sweat off your back or money out of your pocket. Altruism made easy.
Try it. It’ll be a bright spot in your day.
You MUST check out LibraryThing. (No pun intended.) It is a way to catalog all of your books, ratings, and reviews, and, by doing so, you indirectly create a social network based on your own folksonomy. The outstanding feature of this site that, to me, differentiates it from amazon.com’s myMediaShelf (and other personal cataloguing tools) is that, like LJ, LibraryThing firmly believes that your data is your own. You can export it and take it with you and use it however you like it. It does not become the property of amazon.com to make money off of. LT is non-profit and has grown explosively in the year that it has been around. Check it out and see the first seeds of my book collection here.
If anyone has any suggestions for other cool open source or charitable tools for me to include, send ’em my way!
Thanks a bunch to my folks and friends for your encouragement and phone calls and notes during my last few, tough weeks. And, , you had me ROTFL with your voicemail from Samuel L. Jackson yeseterday. Hugs all around.
, was it you? Or maybe ? I’m trying to think who might have been visiting my studio and saw them on my shelf and asked after them.
On the way into work today, I had to make a left turn. And there was a guy standing on the corner talking to his buddy. He looked like he was getting ready to walk, but he was facing his buddy and the other intersection and I couldn’t tell which way he was going to go, if he was going to go at all. I got a break in traffic and decided to take the opening, and just then the guy turned from facing his friend and stepped out into the intersection without even looking. So, I stopped quick, a sitting duck in on-coming traffic. I felt really bad for scaring him and I felt mad for him scaring me. I looked worriedly at the traffic barrelling down on me and threw up my hands in a gesture of “I don’t know what to do.” And, in response, he yelled at me indignantly through my open window, “I HAVE A WALK SIGNAL HERE!” I veered around behind him and escaped danger, but I was really hurt inside. I just hated that I was trying so hard to be conscientious and he got angry at me. And I just started crying. It was like I was back in 2nd grade and had just gotten publically humiliated for committing the mortal sin of daydreaming. I just felt so small and wrong and stupid and angry for feeling all those things about myself when I know better.
Over all, I have to say though that this week has been decent. The run down